Extensions and Modifications of the EMC2 Fusion IEC Fusion Contracts

Talk Polywell covers the contract extensions and modification for EMC2 Fusion (project that is trying to develop Robert Bussard IEC Inertial Electrostatic Confinement fusion).


Is a listing of the current contract, listing the estimated completion date of June 2012, and an ultimate completion date for optional items of Dec 31st 2013. It is dated 22 June 2011. It lists a starting contract value of $7,855,504.14 and an ultimate contract value of $12,310,580.74.


is a listing of current contracts outstanding with EMC2, 11, with dates contracted (ranging from Jan 2010 to Sept 2011) and some $6,600,000 in current outstanding funding obligations.

Reading between the lines in these, they seem to be regularly adding new contract extensions, with funding of multiple $Millions. That says to me that there is progress being made, regardless of whether or not we know what it is on the outside.

There is a navy contract (March 10, 2012 to March 10 2013) to work some anomalies on how the electrons are fed into the IEC fusion device

An extension and increase funding for additional tasks on Contract N68936-09-C-0125 is necessary to provide continuation of research that is directly in scope with the current requirement and it will complete the concept exploration and technology demonstration of the Plasma Wiffleball 8. During the course of the contracted study several anomalies related to how electrons were fed into the device were discovered. These anomalies must be characterized and solutions created if the device is to be made functional. To solve these anomalies, the additional effort will require the incumbent contractor to further their studies by employing independently powered electron gun arrays operating at up to 10 kilovolt (kV) to inject high energy electrons onto the Plasma Wiffleball 8 core and control the WB formation process. Additionally, a separate pulsed power system with minimum 100 amperes current rating will be utilized to power the electron gun arrays.

EMC2 also has a unique body of knowledge regarding the operation and performance of the Plasma Wiffleball 8, which will allow them to continue the basic research to develop an operational Plasma Wiffleball 8 device. Continued research is critical, as the long term goal is to achieve a clean nuclear energy source for the Navy and DoD. Award of the contract modification is expected on or about 29 March 2012.

100A power supply for 10 Kvolt electron guns. So one megawatt for the electron guns.

3.3.1 The contractor shall develop an enhanced ion drive system that is compatible with Wiffleball 8.1 and projected future wiffleballs. The ion drive system shall be capable of injecting protons (ionized Hydrogen), and ionized Boron 11. The ion drive system shall be capable of generating ions in sufficient quantity to fully fuel the wiffleball fusion machines.

There was an 18 page presentation of IEC Fusion physics. Orbit theory study of electron confinement in a Polywell™ device. This could be related to the current work on anomolies with the electron injection.

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